Let’s Stop Forgetting

Do you have something that you have to conquer before you can receive God’s word?

Do you believe the lie that if something isn’t easy then well it just isn’t for you? And it’s hard to hear God in this noisy life on earth and so that must mean that you aren’t meant to hear Him. Aren’t meant to feel His Fatherly care and love.

This is all Satan’s attempt to keep you and me from the peace that God has. Don’t buy into it!

Yes, it’s hard.

No, I promise it isn’t easier for other people who make it seem easy. They are working hard to get to Jesus. They are living in human bodies just like you. They have to conquer physical pain, emotional pain, poor living conditions, maybe no Bible, maybe a country where their faith isn’t even legal.

And please here me friend, your struggle is hard. I get it, but definitely not too hard.

I am so amazed at how we people will push on through heavy circumstances but we don’t stop long enough to take the time to care for our faith that could pull us up and out of some of the things we think we have to carry on our own.

Fight that lie today! You do not have to carry your burdens alone – ever. While you may have to prove yourself to a boss, a landlord, a client today you most definitely don’t have to prove yourself to your God.

He came and rescued us.

He came and offered a payment for our sins – Jesus’ life on the cross – NOT YOURS AND MINE. But a free pardon for OUR sins paid for by Someone else. Why do we think we would have to start paying now?

This – with God our Father – is a place you are supposed to profess weakness and need. And Always find adequate Love, Strength, and Hope.

Come to Him and rest ~

 

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Don’t Be Afraid

Circumstances change near daily in our lives. People sometimes change. But God still commands us to not be afraid. So let’s cover some reasons He can be trusted to cover us.

Psalms 57:2 I cry out to God most high, to God who fulfills His purpose for me.

There are 2 things in this 1 verse that points us to His goodness- He lets His children cry out to Him. Implying that we don’t have to grit our teeth and pull it together for this loving Heavenly Father. He wants us in His arms just the way we are at this moment.

He fulfills His purposes for us. That means He wants us more and more to know Him and believe in His love.

Lamentations 3:22,23 presses this sweet and deep love into our hearts just a little more when it reminds us, Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning.

That verse really is true. His love and mercy are new every day. We just have to get up and make space to receive from Him.

Pray.

Wait on Him.

Feel His strong Fatherly arms around you today!!

much love,

Erin

 

 

 

Don’t Worry

Let’s talk about worry. There is all sorts of advice on it and it is taught to us in the Bible for sure, but it is much easier said than done.

I have heard it said that you can’t be worrying and thinking on God at the same time. The problem for me was I was so used to processing my life by thinking things over on how I would fix my problems that I didn’t have any brain space left for Jesus peace.And I would have argued with you that… really I was doing the right thing because I know a lot about God!

Knowing about God and resting in what you know are 2 different things.

So, I illuminated some things and put Him in that place instead.

And there came the head knowledge that turned into heart knowledge of knowing my God. And surprise, surprise His peace really does what it says it will do.

Over and over again. And when I am tempted to worry (and I did forget today and rushed into fixing my problem) I can feel the anxiety and anger beginning to try to pulse through my body and it clues me into the fact that I am off course.

I start to remind myself of truth – Believers in Christ have no reason EVER to be hopeless.

Let me give us a few reasons why we can really do this.

We can leave our case in the hands of God, who always does things fairly – so we don’t get an ulcer worrying about how were going to possibly get through when people are definitely not always going to be fair with us. So we choose to rest in Him who is always fair and available and not in a pile of chocolate chips that seem to be offering temporary release from our trouble.

If we are afraid of getting wounded, we can remember that we are healed already for  by His wounds on the cross.

We can turn to our Shepherd. All sheep need a caretaker and we have our heavenly Father as ours.

Much love friends,

Erin

 

 

Age is beauty

I was thinking of some reasons why I like getting older.

I like finding out its OK to be who God made me to be.

That I really don’t have to be something I’m not ~ really no one is standing there telling me I must – except for a very bad version of my inner self perhaps… darn that girl.

Call me out of the ordinary, but I think it should be a happy welcomed process this inevitable aging. 

Just like my mom told me and I thought she was sorely mistaken and instead of taking her gentle and continual advice I just did the opposite. And instead I went and tried to be what I thought other people who were WAY cooler would like. What a shame. What a sham. (yes, I meant to type sham and shame. They both fit well) But dear reader, it is not all a loss. Nothing ever is thanks to Jesus and His ever faithful love that keeps pursuing me and you.

I mean who really wants to look back at their youth and sit there again? Hello, there are some for real embarrassing moments. I’ll share one… and you can giggle! There was that time I liked this guy and well he was NOT having it with me (you know it just wasn’t meant to be) so well since I’ve never been one to easily throw in the towel on life well I just kept standing on my porch with him LONG seconds after the goodbye and thank you for the evening coolness was OVER. I just kept smiling and standing there in my faded jeans and cute boots and waiting… I don’t know for what?! A kiss?! I mean it was the first date if I recall?! (Don’t judge-I’m eager as a beaver – always a go getter)  I guess I finally went in the house. AND then I remember going to great lengths to find his phone number from a friend of a friend to find out why on earth he hadn’t called for another date. What? Was his phone broken?

Patience is something I’m thankful age teaches us. And knowing when something just isn’t supposed to happen and going about our way. Ahem.

I may not like the process in which I have to go through pain and disappointment to learn the sweet gifts of age, but I love them all the same.

I’m even able to say I like how God keeps pursuing me and showing me He is the One who has and will remain my biggest fan. He whispers in my ear, your beautiful and I love you. And I’m happy to tell you that His love never ever leaves you hanging on the porch  🙂 Never ever asks for anything but a heart that wants to be loved by Him.

Psalms 145:18 “The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes to all who call on Him in truth.”

 

 

 

 

Why…

These boys my husband and I are raising together, I know that they will have to find there own way… out of our care more and more each passing year. I know that I can’t ever do their personal heart work for them.

I can though show them God. Show them His perfect way that’s lined out clearly in the Bible for each of us to choose or not. I can be patient and convey these truths with love and patience. Not with judgement and pressure.

And I know the only way to do this is to be, to learn to be, like Jesus. To understand Him myself more day by day – to let Him do the heart work in me. So my flesh doesn’t scream out and push these boys but gentle and consistently show them the Good Way.

I won’t ever be a perfect example and I hope to let them see that I know this. But it isn’t about not ever messing up. No, no. How I want myself and them to know this. We don’t have to earn this Saving Love. We can’t earn it. It is just given by grace to those of us who keep seeking and come to His feet every day with our own inadequacy to live out what Jesus lived.

I pray for just enough grace to do this again today. I repeat the words to myself: rise, love, repeat. Come on, you can do it again today with His grace too.

Weeeek End vibes

Do you know something?

It’s good to feel good! (don’t be confused because yesterday I said feelings well they lie… you do have to get healthy in your head and heart so you don’t gratify all yo feelings, ahem. That will not bode well friend….you’ll be cleaning up that mess for awhile. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.)

It’s good to feel good! So today I am hoping your finding ways to celebrate the weekend. (Even if your a mom and I’m making you laugh right now because we still get to be moms on the weekend.) So do something different today in your mom self life… or whatever season your in that might feel like really really long (and wonderful)

Sleep in a bit …..

Let the people do for themselves…. (yep they can)

Check out YouTube for some great background music to your day. My personal fave at the moment…. jazz cafe 1920’s…

Listen to my cousin Ben Rector croon you through your day…

Eat 1 doughnut. Seriously 1 only. Or it will become a not so good feeling day.

And smile!!! a little extra because your worth it and your face is absolutely radiant 🙂

(does anyone else get that scrolling phone finger? You know the muscles in your arm just don’t feel right anymore… this is probably not good?!)

 

 

 

Feelings, well they lie

 

I don’t know, do you always feel great about who you are?

Maybe I’m the only one who sometimes wishes she were a little more this way or that way…. but these moments aren’t my best moments for sure. I’ve learned not to lean into them too much because they are more emotions and feelings than real solid truths. Those can change like the wind ~ but Truth well it can’t ever be changed.

I have some good truth saved on my phone that I play for myself to etch into my mind that I am created well.

And so are you. God says so.

With each one of our blemishes, bruises and sideways parts, whether we feel like it or not.

I think it’s all sorts of funny how we are all just gooses down here on earth and we’re ever so hard on ourselves and others to be perfect when NEVER IN A MILLION AND ONE YEARS WILL ANY OF US EVER BE PERFECT, ahem. (Pardon the megaphone)

I’m not saying any of that to give us a reason not to grow and work out our on going personal shortcomings, I’m just suggesting that we be gentle with ourselves when we see the crooked parts. And much less prone to assuming if we were just a little more like the other gal then we would be amazing. Because God didn’t make a mistake when he made me, or you, or the other gal! She isn’t the enemy. You aren’t the weirdo.

Lets turn our eyes back to the Truth. Psalms 139:14 in one of my favorite Bible translations International Children’s Bible (We’re all children in the Fathers eyes, remember?)

“I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.”

You and I, we’ll do good to keep this in our hearts and minds for the next time we want to let our selves get in the way of… our true selves. The one where Jesus has the final say ~

 

Growth and Breathing

I’ve been where I was so tired of growing and putting out effort that I just gave myself a momentary card to stop trying. Done. All done. You’ve been there too, right?

But then a wiser than me teacher told me that I never really had the power to give my spiritual self that card. This is earth. I am human. I need Jesus. I will never get to stop pursuing growth with Him.

Breathe. Growth isn’t the incessant punishment we think it is ~

Yes it takes effort ~ a willing heart. But effort is giving it attention not making the heart change on our own. That is Gods job.

Getting the information and coming at it with a willingness to see things with new eyes ~  Or just staying so busy with activity and doing that we don’t allow ourselves time for growth – telling others how much we know and how they need to get there act together… can you see the difference now? That is Gods job

But instead, living in a way that they ask us ~ why is it different with you? And then we can tell them its Jesus.

A new school year

We started another year of homeschooling yesterday. I feel ready and like I have actually learned how not to over plan finally. (Well, at least I think so!)

It’s both wonderful and tricky to be able to basically set up your own boundaries for the year ahead.

It’s not always fun and games to teach your own children but mostly it brings a lot of wonderful opportunity to be the kind of mom I hope to be: one that is present and engaged with her kids ~ one who teaches and laughs through life’s ups and downs ~ helping prepare our kids for the adult life they will have someday.

But I won’t be shy to tell you that I am a little nervous about the future days too… I remember hard long weeks and I don’t want to necessarily re-live those. And the good thing is I won’t have to re-live them – not in the exact same way I did last year because while I am the same person I was last year in name and face I am not the same person I was heart wise. I’ve gotten stronger ~ and braver ~ more settled.

We learn through our struggles, don’t we? We grow and see that we can do hard things and then those hard things have been conquered and if called upon again we could do them – by His grace – (the same way we did them last year)

Minutes that turned into hours of listening, reading and praying with other women – hearing what Gods Word wants us to know ~ letting it melt into our person together. Lots of seating by my window in my favorite chair soaking up His promises and trading them for made up beliefs I didn’t realize I was toting around as truth.

Losing more of the silly standards I placed on others and myself. All while kids grew and laughter flew through the house along with video games and arguing and lots and lots of dishes dirtied and shows watched together. Hundreds of pictures snapped on my phone, groceries bought… miles put on cars… all this happening while God is growing in me, in them.

Grace was writing it all whether it felt like it or not…mistakes don’t ever define us like we think they do sometimes. And fear is still the meany pants it’s always been.

So, maybe I do have some butterfly’s in my tummy as we start a new school year, and that’s just human and OK ~ Grace will write it all again for us again this year.

 

Some times, more than I wish to admit – I wonder why others have something that I don’t have. When did I miss my boat? My eyes and heart wonder… So today when I woke up with hot coffee on my table and clean water by my side – I realized I have been given this life, these children, this husband, these abilities and opportunities because God meant for me to have them.

The same goes for you ~ God didn’t forget you and He doesn’t have a blind spot when it comes to you and your life ~ quite the contrary. We are the ones with the blind spot!

Romans 8:31-39 challenges us, out of our hot cup of coffee comfort – that is the blessing from the Giver but the TRUE GIFT will always be the Giver himself.

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”

Are you afraid of others condemning you? Well so be it! God is on your side! Are you worried that one you love will pass away! Despair not dear one! Love like you know Gods love is going to last until all eternity for you and me – because it MOST DEFINITELY WILL. It says so in His word~

The truth is God doesn’t stop showering down His love because He allows trouble. The trouble is an invitation to rest.

You and I don’t have to be self-sufficient.  What we can do on our own is much less than what we can do leaning on Him.

I know, you want to argue how productive you are to me. But what if we dared to believe that with God doing less with more love and grace is actually…. more.